Optical bistability in nonlinear surface-plasmon polaritonic crystals

Gregory Wurtz, Robert Pollard, Anatoly Zayats

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Nonlinear optical transmission through periodically nanostructured metal films (surface-plasmon polaritonic crystals) has been studied. The surface polaritonic crystals have been coated with a nonlinear polymer. The optical transmission of such nanostructures has been shown to depend on the control-light illumination conditions. The resonant transmission exhibits bistable behavior with the control-light intensity. The bistability is different at different resonant signal wavelengths and for different wavelengths of the control light. The effect is explained by the strong sensitivity of the surface-plasmon mode resonances at the signal wavelength to the surrounding dielectric environment and the electromagnetic field enhancement due to plasmonic excitations at the controlled light wavelengths.
Original languageEnglish
Article number057402
Pages (from-to)057402-1-057402-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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